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Statesman: Idaho Hits Legal Pothole

After two years and $540,479 in taxpayer cost, the case of fired state transportation director Pam Lowe seems to be just getting started. And the start is sufficiently bad that, perhaps, the state ought to have second thoughts about its legal strategy. On Saturday, U.S. District Judge Ron Bush sided with Lowe and against the state on the first phase of her case. Lowe was not an “at-will” employee who could be fired without cause, said Bush. And so, 33 months after her July 2009 firing, round one goes decisively to Lowe. Bush hasn’t yet delved into Lowe’s two more explosive allegations: her claim that she was shown the door because she tried to scale back a contract for two politically connected vendors; and her claim that she was fired because she’s a woman/Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Is it time for the state to pursue a settlement in this seemingly no-win case?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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